When cleaning your shoes, a simple soap and water treatment often won’t do. For finishes like supple leather, suede, nubuck and mesh, you’ll want to opt for a special shoe cleaner that will remove tough stains and renew the finish without damaging it.
Some of the best kinds come as two-in-one solutions, which both clean and condition pairs to protect them from future damage. Better yet, many come in kits with all the tools you’ll need to keep pairs looking fresh, such as brushes and soft cloths for applying solution and buffing.
What’s more, many kits come packaged in a secure carrying case, so you can take it with you and clean pairs wherever you go.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some great shoe cleaners you can buy.
Why Trust Our Recommendations:
The solutions we’ve included contain natural, nourishing ingredients such as coconut and jojoba oil, and should be safe to use on many types of materials to work with your entire footwear closet. A few of them also come in zippered cases for secure, organized storage and easy packing.
Read on to find your perfect match.
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1. Combat Cleaner Shoe Cleaner Kit
Key Features: Includes a 4-ounce bottle of spray-on cleaning solution and two brushes, plus a microfiber towel. Everything comes in a secure zip-up case. Works on leather, suede, athletic shoes and more.
Take Note: Some may find it’s not as effective on mesh pairs.
2. Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner
Key Features: The solution is biodegradable and made to clean 100 pairs. Kit includes a brush with soft hog bristles for removing loose dirt and stains. Packed in a sealable storage pouch.
Take Note: Some users may find the brush to be slightly small.
3. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner
Key Features: Includes a bottle of cleaner and sturdy brush. Offered in either four or 8 ounces. A dime-sized dab is all you need for results. Works on leathers, vinyl, nubuck, suede, canvas, cloth and more.
Take Note: Some may find the solution can stain certain knit sneakers.
4. Reshoevn8r Premium Shoe and Sneaker Cleaning Kit
Key Features: Includes 4 ounces of solution that should clean up to 50 pairs, a medium-bristle brush and six sneaker wipes. Works on leather, suede, nubuck, canvas, vinyl, nylon, suede, mesh and more.
Take Note: It’s suggested that you use just two small squirts of the highly-concentrated product.
5. Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit
Key Features: Includes an 8-ounce bottle of solution made to get rid of surface dirt, a soft microfiber towel and premium cleaning brush that shouldn’t damage any material.
Take Note: Ineffective on deeper stains.
6. Grandma's Secret Sneaker Cleaner Spray
Key Features Includes two sizable 16-ounce spray bottles of premium sneaker cleaner and should allow for easy application. Then formula is safe to use on rubber, cloth, canvas and leather kicks.
Take Note: Doesn’t come with a brush for cleaning.
7. Crep Protect Cure Shoe Cleaning Travel Kit
Key Features: The 3-ounce bottle of cleaner, hog hair bristle brush and microfiber towel come in a compact case to keep everything safe and organized. Works on leather, suede, nubuck, canvas, mesh and more.
Take Note: Brush may be a little harsh on more delicate fabrics.